We all say we’re going to do it every year, stop being so sedentary, get more active, start being a little bit more health conscious and take better care of the environment. Then January 2nd comes. No reason to let those New Year’s Resolutions fall by the wayside, sure it’s May, but the New Year includes the WHOLE YEAR. With the weather turning warmer and the rains starting to abate, maybe it’s time to start acting on that whole ‘less sedentary’ thing. Even better, hit all those resolutions in one stroke! Bike to Work day reminds you that just by changing your way of getting to work, you can accomplish all the goals you wanted to.
History of Bike to Work Day
So here’s the thing about biking to work, it’s not just an opportunity to get out and get healthy, it has a massive effect on every part of your day. Getting out and biking to work requires you to get up early, spend some time waking up before you head out the door, and planning for the extra time it will take to bike your way to your destination. All of this will ensure that you are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed by the time you make it into the office, invigorated by your ride and ready to face the day with a bright new perspective.
It doesn’t just stop there either. The extra exercise you’re getting will have a directly positive influence on your diet, tastes, and goals. There’s something about exercise that makes you more aware and thoughtful about what you put into your body, especially as all that new lightness starts being offset by the heaviness of the food you eat. Who wants that? As you start gearing up for more activity and improved health, your body will let you know what you need to change, you just have to push through the cravings and listen.
Even better, Bike to Work day helps you take a chunk out of your transportation costs as you stop using so much fuel in your car. While gas prices are presently in a bit of a dip, it’s still a drain on your budget every time you go anywhere, and why worry about getting a membership to gym? You’re biking to work each day, getting your metabolism going and your blood pumping.
How to celebrate Bike to Work Day
This one is a no brainer there Bernie, get out and start riding your bike to work each day! Even better, get a group of friends to do it too! Why have a car-pool when you can have a bike-pool! Then plan to go on trips on the weekend to beautiful places on bike-back.